Somalia Signs New International Agreement to Beef Up Security

Somalia in the recently concluded London Conference signed a security agreement with its foreign backers.

The agreement is set to present a roadmap towards building a functional national army capable of wiping out Al-Shabaab off Somalia.

The Al-Qaeda affiliated Islamist Al-Shabaab has lost much of the territories it once held in Somalia including the capital Mogadishu but its remains a huge threat to peace and stability of Horn of Africa nation.

A London conference on Somalia also heard that the United Nations was increasing its appeal for the country by $900 million to a total of $1.5 billion to allow aid agencies to cope with a severe drought that is causing a humanitarian crisis.

According to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Somalia is need of extra funding saying neary half Somalia’s population is in need of assistance. Guterres noted that 275,000 malnourished children were at risk of starvation.

Also discussed at the conference was the already African Union force (AMISOM) helping Somalia battle Al-Shabaab. More support is needed for UA force made up of soldiers from Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi and Djibouti.

Support and training of Somalia National Army (SNA) also discussed before AMISOM troops start exiting Somalia in 2018.

AMISOM force has taken control of most of Somalia’s main towns, cities and regions since the militants were driven out of Mogadishu in 2007, but the forces is over-stretched and funding is a constant challenge to their operations.

 

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